CS Odessa, the developer of ConceptDraw MINDMAP, has announced that it plans to launch a new software program called ConceptDraw Office that will seamlessly integrate the capabilities of ConceptDraw (for business diagramming), ConceptDraw Project (for project management) and ConceptDraw MINDAP into one powerful visual documentation tool.
"The key innovation behind ConceptDraw Office is that for any particular project scenario there is an appropriate visual representation for the respective information. Sample usage scenarios include brainstorming project ideas using a whiteboard-like view, organizing results into highly informative mind maps, and transforming data into detailed project plans and Gantt charts," the company explained in a news release dated May 6th.
ConceptDraw Office appears to be designed to provide project managers with an end-to-end solution – covering everything from brainstorming the front end of a new project (utilizing the brainstorming mode from ConceptDraw MINDMAP), developing detailed project plans (again in mind map mode), and producing GANTT charts and Work Breakdown Structures. Project monitoring and progress tools will include project resource usage reports, a visual project dashboard and other reports, task lists and task status reports (presented in map mode), plus a project summary report.
Other programs enable you to manage part of this "birth to death" project process, but to the best of my knowledge, no one has offered an end-to-end, visually oriented project suite like ConceptDraw Office. It will be priced at US$499.